The Nihilistic’s are a hard punk rock band based on Long Island and just like their name suggests they believe that all ultimate values lose the value and that life is meaningless.
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“many, many hours of private practice”
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“I’ve literally worked on a computer, almost everyday, programming digital audio material, for the last 20 years”
‘I don’t think anybody who likes Tsar will be all what-the-fuck-is-this-bullshit about this record’
‘that was my first show, and I wanted to be like those guys on the stage’
“Punk Rock is always powerful”
‘It sounds like a total conspiracy theory’
‘Why doesn’t Obama just outlaw birthdays?’
‘all artists are political’
‘Like, I’d prefer Beyoncé didn’t do a Pepsi tour’
‘I have to work with IKEA — make furniture for interior design, for architecture’
He named himself after Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’
‘Basically what’s happening on the big pop level is not very smart.’
‘I’m pretty sure Beyonce recorded somewhere in the vicinity of 105 songs, and I know she recorded at least five or 10 of mine – and only one of them made her album.’
‘Does anybody give a fuck about what any of these current pop stars are up to? Who gives a shit what fucking One Direction do? Cocksuckers, all of them in rehab by the time they’re 30. Who gives a shit what Ellie Goulding is up to? Really? Adele, what? Blows my fucking mind. It blows my fucking mind. Nobody cares! Fame’s wasted on them, with their fucking in-ear monitors and their electronic cigarettes. And their fragrances that they’re bringing out for Christmas. You fucking dicks.’
So I wanted to test, ‘If I put something out here that is associated with this thing that is just barely clinging to the fringes of what could be considered relevant will it get printed in wide circulation?’ And it did.’
‘I do feel that where we are now, certainly with rock & roll music, is that so much of it is variations on themes. But I think that it’s one’s particular creativity and individuality that comes out within that variation on a particular theme that makes a song great.’
I only go to New York if I have to, nothing feels special there when you’re creative, everyone feels like they’ve seen and done it all, hard for me to be inspired.’
‘George came up to me at a party once and said ‘my Paul is to me what your Paul is to you.’ He meant that psychologically they had the same effect on us. The Pauls sidelined us. I think George felt suppressed by Paul and I think that’s what he saw with me and my Paul. Here’s the truth: McCartney was a helluva music man who gave the band its energy, but he also ran away with a lot of the glory.’
‘If Kurt were still alive, he would be so over Courtney’, she says at one point. There has been a lot of speculation about an eventual divorce, and Alice says she doesn’t know exactly but ‘they had broken up, sort of, he was angry at her, at the way she was behaving’.
Sure, I had a crush on Susannah Hoffs. I actually had a good friend named Stacey Ghindi, a Syrian Jewish girl, who looked very like her. And I got in trouble by Creem Editor Dave Dimartino because they wanted me to interview Vicki and I wanted Susannah, but I got both so I won. 1985 and the band had just hit big.
We love the old feel and sound of studio recordings that were tracked to tape and aimed to emulate that vibe on this recording. In this type of recording process, electrical currents produce different patterns of magnetism in the tape, so the word was quite relevant throughout
In the beginning of March, 2010, I sat down with Titus Andronicus leader Patrick Stickles for would be my only interview with the indie rock superstar. One more than I’ve had with Kurt Vile, of course, so there is that. I was never very happy with the resulting story, and yes, absolutely blame me.
‘It is a desperate measure, and insulting to your audience. We have already provided sufficient amounts of money. What is the next thing you’re going to ask? Brush our teeth? ‘
‘the two of us — me and Bob — don’t look like we belong together in the same band, which is something I’ve always loved. I’ll look at photos of us together sometimes and just be struck by what a strange-looking team we are. But that’s what makes us special.’
‘My parents were many things, but homophobic they were not. In fact, they were blazing liberals. They were caught in a bewildering web of guilt, fear, and poor psychiatric care. Did they make a mistake in not challenging the doctor’s recommendation for ECT? Absolutely.
‘In response to recent articles regarding comments from Kurt’s daughter, Frances, I want to make it clear that Frances is an innocent victim here. The real questions is; What does Frances really KNOW as opposed to WHAT SHE’S BEEN TOLD?’ Exactly!
And this is what Jarvis had to add:’ Generally speaking, the more money a band has, the worse their records get …’ Well, this is true’ agrees Iggy. Nothing truer has ever been spoken.
In 2009, Time nominated me for one of the most influential people of the 21st century or something and I met Oprah at that party. And I was like, ‘Hey, people are gonna fucking die in my country. Like, please pay attention.’ And she was like, ‘You’re shit because you were rude to Lady Gaga and I’m not talking to you
“Have you ever been to Rochester Hills, Michigan?I just didn’t want to go back. I can’t be around basic, provincial-thinking people.I Just thought everyone was an idiot.”
When [bands] did try to get, in quotes, ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll. What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors.’… ‘I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.’
‘One of my dreams was to be the head creative director of the Gap. I’d like to be the Steve Jobs of the Gap.’ Some ambitious thought there, although the Gap? Really Kanye? That generic, right-in-the-middle-of-the-road brand? I know what you are gonna say, these sentences are taken out of context, but really, does the context matter with Kanye?
She also has strong words about being alone :’Why does it come as such a shock to know you really have no one? If you’re not ready for that, it’s meaningless. If you’re ready for it and you’re in that space, you’ll burst into tears, and actually, it’ll make you stronger. You’ll be able to accept that, accept your loneliness, when you’re ready
As Tillman surprisingly starts singing Celine Dion’s ‘That’s The Way It Is’ , the one that comes with the line ‘Love comes to those who believe it’, he declares ‘That’s one of the most fucked-up messages I received as a kid. If you’re not loved, it’s because you don’t ‘believe’ enough
“We’re all about love. We are always love, its just its just its just about music man.If you’ve got fans it means youre doing something right. If we can come over for you its a good look for us.”
I caught them, all sitting at a long table, greeting fans and dogs, but I didn’t stay long as I also wanted to catch them the same night at Sonos Studios. It was just a Q&A with Colin Meloy following by a listening party of the album, and by ‘just’ I meant that there was no performance alas…
Elliott speaks about listening to Elvis Costello records and feeling like ‘a freak among other freaks’, about be given the ‘Folk music tag’ (which really bothered him) and about calling the addicts in his songs ‘the dependents’
‘If I was literally responsible for something I would take credit or accept the responsibility, if I did a crime I would take the punishment, but I’m not going to accept any blame for things that I make
Her pleasure is a songwriting purism if not indeed puritanism. She loves writing melodies. “I’m melody driven, that is usually the root where most of my ideas come from. I start with piano or guitar, more guitar, I’m very limited, I’m self-taught, as an instrumentalist really, but guitar will usually suffice.
I can’t force a message. That would be posing. I write what I write. Mostly as of now it’s been personal. I’m not a role model. Sure, I have a platform but I’m not interested in preaching, per say. I want to write about what’s on my mind and on my heart at the moment.
“We did 45 takes of it and I just couldn’t get it, it sounded like horrible bullshit, so we went to lunch, walked down to a restaurant. Everyone was saying: ‘Dude, what’s wrong with you? You’ve gone totally white.’”
And his train of thought is totally contradictory, my fans are gone but ‘My position as an artist has basically not changed in a world’? Well, if you don’t have fans anymore… But that wasn’t it, Billy visited the Howard Stern show and basically dissed a few of his peers
Steve Jobs just became the new guy who stopped us getting paid. The record companies still do it, hiding behind the technology to fuck you. Steve Jobs just invented the new game and, ironically, paid for it with his life.
‘It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later,’ she said. ‘It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going,’ because I just had to get out of there.’